Tag: Paris

Donald Trump dragging US ‘back to the past’ by promoting coal and ditching Paris climate accord, Vatican warns

Donald Trump is taking the US “back to the past” with his decision to withdraw the country from the Paris Agreement on climate change and efforts to revitalise the coal industry, a senior Vatican official has said. Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, head of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, told Reuters that people should trust scientists […]

EPA chief says Paris climate agreement ‘bad deal’ for U.S.

The United States should continue to be “engaged” in international climate change discussions but the Paris climate change agreement is a “bad deal” for the country, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Sunday. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt did not confirm whether the United States would remain in the global climate change pact, under […]

Paris conference ends with endorsement of two-state solution

The much-discussed Paris Middle East Conference ended Sunday with a rather bland statement reaffirming support for a two-state solution, and a call to stop violence and “ongoing settlement activity.” Some 70 countries and international organizations, including the foreign ministers of more than 30 states, attended the conference, which included neither Israeli nor Palestinian participants.   […]

PLO welcomes Paris summit statement

The Palestine Liberation Organization, parent to the Palestinian Authority, has welcomed the closing statement of Sunday’s Middle East peace conference in Paris “which stressed the need to end the Israeli occupation,” according to PLO Secretary-General Saeb Erekat, who serves as senior negotiator for the PA. The PLO also called on conference host France “to immediately recognize the State of Palestine on […]

As Paris peace summit nears, Israel makes ‘big efforts’ to prevent another UN resolution

Israel is making “a very great effort” to prevent another anti-Israel resolution at the UN Security Council, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday. Netanyahu’s comments came at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting, in which he pointed out that the Frenchled Mideast summit in Paris is just a few days away. The summit, […]

Palestinians say ‘oui’ to Paris peace conference after Israel balks

Palestinians on Monday welcomed a French plan to hold an international conference on the two-state solution in Paris at the end of December. “We have encouraged France to go ahead with its initiative and supported its efforts to have a multilateral conference before the end of the year,” PLO Secretary-General Saeb Erekat said after meeting […]

Landmark Paris Climate Agreement Takes Formal Effect

The most significant international agreement to combat climate change took effect Thursday evening—midnight in Europe—just days before international climate negotiators were set to meet in Morocco to chart a path forward on the issue. The Paris Agreement’s entry into force comes a month after countries representing 55% of the world’s emissions committed to joining the […]

Russian ‘spiritual centre’ set to open in the heart of Paris

A vast Russian “spiritual and cultural centre” crowned by a golden-domed Orthodox cathedral – widely seen as a grand expression of Moscow’s quest to project an image of itself as a powerful, religious country – is set to open in Paris.   The 4,800 sq metre complex-features the newly-built Holy Trinity Cathedral capped with five […]

Israel yet to ratify universal Paris climate accord

With the Paris climate accord set to take effect in just one month, Israel and 20 other OECD countries still have yet to ratify the agreement.   The universal climate agreement, which determined that the global temperature rise must be kept “well below 2°C,” was adopted by world leaders on December 12 at the United […]

EU ratifies Paris agreement on climate change

The European Parliament backed the Paris accord to fight climate change on Tuesday, the EU executive said, tipping it over the threshold needed for the global deal to enter into force.   The Paris Agreement, backed by nearly 200 nations nearly one year ago, will help guide a radical shift of the world economy away […]